Learn how to write a thank-you message to a colleague.

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Reading text

From: Paco
To: Maria
Subject: Thanks

Hi Maria,

I hope you're well.

I'm just writing to say thanks for your help on the project last month. We really appreciate you stepping in to support us. I know you had to put in extra hours to catch up on your own work, so thank you very much.  

Your expertise was vital for this project and we couldn't have finished it successfully without you. You really helped us and we hope to work with you again on future projects.

I'll be in touch again soon about possible future collaborations. I look forward to working with you more closely this year.

All the best,

Paco

Tips

  1. Start with a friendly comment:
    I hope you're well.
  2. It's usually best to use an informal style with colleagues:
    Hi Maria, …
    Thanks for your help.
  3. Keep it short.
  4. Mention the good work they did and the positive effect of it:
    Your expertise was vital for this project.
    We couldn't have finished it successfully without your help.
  5. End with a positive comment about future collaboration:
    I hope to work with you more closely in future.
    I look forward to working with you again.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

From: Steven
To: Bea
Subject: Thanks

Hi Bea,

I hope things are well there.

The purpose of this written is because I wanted to thank you for your support as our teacher throughout this month. Although we had our differences I'm placed that you've tried to sort every problem out in a charismatic way without losing your aim in the role as teacher.

The patience you had with each of us made us to realize that you were different than the other teachers, that more than wanted us to learn you wanted to make us to feel comfortable in your classes as opening up with us, even if it could take some of your time.

I hope this is not a farewell, and I look forward to be able to chat with you every now and then.

Best wishes,

Steven.

i want to develop my writing through write text to my teacher here how can i ? :(

Hello r0000ma

I think the best thing would be to ask your teacher for help. You are welcome to write practice messages here if you'd like to, but I'm afraid we aren't able to offer feedback on your texts.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

I value my collegiate because He helps me with the new project. If he wasnot, I couldn't accomplish my work. His skills and expertise are crucial for me and our project. Whatever I acknowledged him.

i tried doing some of them and i find it very useful.

Thank u for interesting and usefull text

In sentence ' Your expertise was vital for this project and we couldn't have finished it successfully without you. ' Couldn't we eliminated 'have' and say? Your expertise was vital for this project and we couldn't finished it successfully without you

Hello dw3222
No, I'm afraid that wouldn't be correct. You can read more about modals with 'have' and a past participle on https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/modals... and more about this use of 'couldn't have' in the Possibility and impossibility section of https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/can-an... . I think those explanations should help you understand this, but if you have any other questions about this, please don't hesitate!
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

since April 2019, My colleuge is substituing me by end of June.
So, I'm just wrting to say thanks for his help on my work. I really appreciate he handed in assignments instead of me. I have known he have been busy without my assignments. He has been putting in extra hours to catch up on his own work, so thank you very much.

His expertise has been vital for my job and other people couldn't finished my job without him or me. He reaaly helped us and I hope to work with him again on July.

I'll be in touch again soon about possible future collaborations. I look forward to working with hime more closely this year.

All the best

I'm not sure when was the last time, but it's a normal thing in my work to spread our gratefull like Paco and Maria in the mail. Just a "thank tou for your work" is merely enough.

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